Meet the team
Brandi is the Community & Operations Manager of Newark Venture Partners. She leads event organizations and promotes a community culture that encourages morale and performance.
Brian Laung Aoaeh is the co-founder and general partner of REFASHIOND Ventures, the co-founder of The Worldwide Supply Chain Federation, a grassroots network of supply chain, innovation, and technology enthusiasts, and he teaches as an adjunct professor of supply chain and operations management in the Department of Technology Management and Innovation at the Tandon School of Engineering at New York University.
Dan is a co-Founder and Managing Partner at Newark Venture Partners. He has been in the venture space since 2005, most recently as a Partner at Millennium Technology Value Partners.
Dan has been active in the technology industry for 35 years with a diverse set of experiences. As an engineer, he’s been involved in factory automation, aerospace, semiconductors, networking, software development as well as numerous data center technologies.
Don Katz is the founder and CEO of Audible (an Amazon company) and founded Newark Venture Partners to connect Newark to the east coast technology ecosystem and create New Jersey’s most elite early-stage fund and accelerator. He has served on the board of Uncommon Schools since the organization was founded in 1997 and served as Chairman of Newark’s Brick City Development Corporation in 2014.
As Principal at NVP, Joanne leads the fund’s direct investment strategy focusing on the sourcing and diligence of potential deals and on-going portfolio management. As a female investor and woman of color, Joanne is an active supporter of diversity in tech and venture capital.
Kevin has years of success in the area of B2B/SaaS sales strategy, process, and execution. His experience includes leadership roles with Entertainment Publications (IAC) and Groupon where as VP of Sales Development and Training he built and led the team that supported the fastest growing company in history.
Michelle also has experience as a senior relationship manager for business development with public and corporate pension plans and foundations and endowments. Previously, Michelle held various positions at Citigroup in corporate M&A, private equity fundraising,institutional investment management and municipal finance banking.
As an Analyst at NVP, Sean's responsibilities include sourcing, evaluating, and executing early-stage investment opportunities and working with existing portfolio companies. He has a strong interest in logistics, supply chain, and industry 4.0.
Tom is a co-founder and Managing Partner at Newark Venture Partners. Previously, Tom founded RosePaul Ventures which has a portfolio of 20+ tech start-ups and investments in notable venture funds such as Greycroft Ventures, ff Venture Capital, ERA Accelerator. Notable investments include Pond5, LiveLOOK (acquired by Oracle), Kanvas (acquired by AOL).